Professor Richard Thomson

Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health

Institute of Health and Society
Newcastle University

Richard Thomson leads the Decision Making and Organisation of Care Research Group within the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health in IHS. His primary research interests are in shared decision making (SDM), patient safety and patient involvement. Richard has been PI on many studies, most recently in development and evaluation of decision support, and co-led three NIHR programme grants, one including SDM and hyperacute stroke, one on involvement of patients in patient safety and most recently on SDM and chronic leukaemia with colleagues in York. He has also led a large programme on implementation of SDM in the North East (MAGIC – Making Good Decisions in Collaboration), supported by the Health Foundation and Health Education England North East.

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Dr Darren Flynn

Practitioner Health Psychologist and Senior Research Associate

Institute of Health and Society
Newcastle University

Darren Flynn is a HCPC-registered Practitioner Health Psychologist and a Senior Research Associate in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. He is also a Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Darren has research interests across the entire sphere of influence in health psychology (application of psychological theory/methods to management of health problems; health promotion; psychological factors associated with illness; and quality improvement in both healthcare practice and policy). His primary research interests are patient engagement / shared decision making, decision support and co-production of complex interventions targeting health and lifestyle behaviour change (mental health and diabetes/diabetes prevention). Darren is currently a co-applicant on two research studies: (i) NIHR Programme Grant – Promoting Effective and Rapid Stroke [PEARS] Care, which aims to develop and evaluate an extended paramedic role in acute stroke care and statistical modelling to inform service re-design for thrombectomy; and (ii) Lewy Body Society Project Grant to develop and evaluate of a Lewy-body dementia information and support group.

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Professor Gary Ford

Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Professor Ford is Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, and Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated from Cambridge University and held a Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Stanford University. He returned to the UK and established a comprehensive stroke service in Newcastle in the early 1990s. He held the Jacobson Chair of Clinical Pharmacology at Newcastle University from 2007-2013 and was R&D Director for the Newcastle Hospitals Trust. He has been involved in many service innovations in UK stroke care in the last 20 years including developing the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England. He chaired the Emergency Response working group of the English Stroke Strategy. He developed the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke. In 2005 he was appointed Director of the National Institute for Health Research Stroke Research Network and awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for services to research in stroke medicine.

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Dr Christopher Price

Reader in Stroke Medicine

Institute of Neuroscience
Newcastle University

Chris Price is the Stroke Association’s HRH Princess Margaret Senior Reader in Stroke Medicine and an NHS Consultant. He was workforce lead for the British Association of Stroke Physicians for 5 years and sat on the Stroke Medicine Specialty Advisory Committee. He is chief investigator of a large clinical trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research examining the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a new paramedic assessment process for acute stroke, and is the director of a clinical training module for NHS staff to improve stroke identification. He has previously led an NIHR funded observational study and modelling exercise of hyperacute stroke service configurations, and contributes towards national and European clinical guidelines for the organisation of stroke services.

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Professor Helen Rodgers

Clinical Professor of Stroke Care

Institute of Neuroscience
Newcastle University

Helen Rodgers is Professor of Stroke Care, head of the Stroke Research Group at Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience, and current president of the British Association of Stroke Physicians. She qualified in medicine from the University of Leeds in 1983. She is also an Honorary Consultant Stroke Physician for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Helen’s research interests cover development and evaluation of stroke services. She is currently leading multicentre studies to evaluate novel approaches to stroke rehabilitation and the use of robotics for upper limb rehabilitation.

Dr Daniel Nesbitt

Acting Teaching Assistant

School of Computing Science
Newcastle University

Daniel Nesbitt is an acting Teaching Assistant in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. Daniel has a verity of reach interests ranging from the application of wireless computing technologies to monitor and enhance public transport through to the application of technologies to support all users in the healthcare setting. Daniel has been involved in a number of research projects at the Institute of Health and Society, including (MAGIC – Making Good Decisions in Collaboration), Shared Decision making for hyperacute stroke and Promoting Effective and Rapid Stroke [PEARS].

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